• Pilot Talk

    Sponsored by Avemco Insurance

    We have finished our live presentations as part of the Avemco Pilot Talk Series. Descriptions of the events and links to view the recorded versions appear below.

     

    We look forward to resuming the series in early fall 2020.

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    On-Demand Recorded Pilot Talk Events

     

    Recordings of some previous events are posted on YouTube.

    Links are posted below the event descriptions.

    Aircraft Engine Longevity and Reliability

    This event features guest presenter Shawn Benson, A&P, IA

    Piston engine wear and reliability are well understood if you know what to look for. Engine wear, engine health, and reliability are interrelated. Aircraft engines wear with both use and inactivity. Inactivity actually accelerates wear due to corrosion. This presentation discusses methods to determine engine health and ways to prevent the effects of engine inactivity and corrosion.

    Event has passed. Click here to view recording on YouTube.

    Engine Health Monitoring - Fly with Confidence

    This event features guest presenter Shawn Benson, A&P, IA

    Does flying at night or over mountains give you a bad case of the heebie-jeebies? This presentation takes the mystery out of aircraft engine health by explaining the various methods available to determine precisely the state of your engine’s health at any point in its life cycle. Piston engine wear and reliability are well understood if you know what to look for long before hitting the start switch.

    Event has passed. Click here to view recording on YouTube.

    Avoiding the Midair Collision

    Can you imagine seeing your windshield suddenly filled with the sight of another aircraft? Can you imagine feeling your airplane suddenly lurch and plummet uncontrollably toward the ground? Many pilots and passengers have experienced the horror of a midair collision. This webinar examines some midair collisions and explores some common methods to help mitigate the risk.

     

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    Temporary Flight Restrictions

    Avoiding and Managing the Risks.

    This presentation provides a behind-the-scenes perspective of when and how Temporary Flight Restrictions are designed and implemented by Airspace Coordinators for the numerous large wildfires that occur each year in the western US. The hazards to aviators flying near fire TFRs are discussed, and several helpful hints and tips for general aviation pilots are shared to assist pilots with making appropriate decisions that reduce the risks of flying near wildfires. The presenter, Kurt Kleiner, is an active CFI with over 4,000 hours logged, who recently retired from a 30 year career as an Aviation Manager with the Bureau of Land Management which included 5 years as a Aircraft Dispatcher, and two years as the National Airspace Program Manager for the BLM and US Forest Service.

     

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    Better Decision Making

    Understanding the different kinds of decisions and how to become better at each one.

    This video, a recording of a live webinar, discusses three kinds of decision making and how we can be better at all three. A featured guest tells a riveting story of an in-flight engine failure. We discuss the decisions he had to make with the information available at the time, from the first indication of trouble through the successful conclusion of the event.

     

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    Flight Operations in Mountain Wave

    This presentation provides a detailed overview of a powerful meteorological phenomenon that presents potential hazards to aviators as well as opportunities to elevate one's airmanship skills. We describe three types of mountain wave, their structure, how to predict when and where wave conditions will occur, and the visual indicators that pilots can look for to know where it is safe to operate and identify areas to avoid. It will highlights the challenges and opportunities that mountain wave offers for sailplane pilots seeking high altitude records.

    Featuring guest presenter Kurt Kleiner, CFI FAASTeam Rep, and mountain flying enthusiast.

     

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    Twelve Treacherous Tribulations

    The most common human factors causes of errors

    The application of human factors principles to aviation safety goes back more than thirty years in the airline industry. The application of these concepts has made airline travel the safest mode of transportation on Earth. We can be safer general aviation pilots by applying these fundamentals. This recorded webinar begins by briefly explaining the origin of human factors concepts in aviation safety. It then presents twelve top causal factors of GA accidents, how to recognize them and how to mitigate their effects. Each factor is illustrated by an actual general aviation accident that occurred.

     

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    Avoiding the CFIT Accident

    "How not to hit stuff"

    Did you ever wonder why conscientious, experienced pilots sometimes fly an airplane into terrain or obstacles? This webinar goes beyond the "Probable Cause" of these CFIT accidents and explores some of the human factors that sometimes cause pilots to make poor decisions. Mitigation strategies are presented and discussed.

     

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    Avoiding the Fuel Related Accident

    Fuel Exhaustion, Fuel Management, Fuel Contamination

    Did you ever wonder why conscientious, experienced pilots sometimes run out of fuel or experience a loss of engine power because of fuel contamination? This webinar goes beyond the "Probable Cause" of these fuel-related accidents and explores some of the human factors that sometimes cause pilots to make poor decisions. Mitigation strategies will be presented and discussed.

     

    Event has passed. Click here to view recording on YouTube..

    Things They Might Not Have Taught You in Flight School

    Might be new or it might be review. Interesting either way.

    This live webinar will examine some interesting and useful concepts of aerodynamics and aircraft performance that might not have been taught or might have been forgotten. We will discuss the practical aspects of the power curve, how propellers really work, the myths of lift and weight, the three turning tendencies, how to load the airplane for optimum performance, and other interesting concepts.

    Click here to view recording on YouTube.

    The Psychology of Approach and Landing

    Skill is only part of the equation

    Recent statistics show that 37% of all non-commercial fixed-wing general aviation pilot-related accidents were categorized as either descent/approach or landing. Pilots of all experience levels and certificate levels are involved in these accidents. This webinar goes beyond the usual discussion of approach and landing accidents and looks at three psychological principles that might become a factor.

    This webinar is aimed at both instrument rated and non-instrument rated pilots.

    Click here to view recording on YouTube.

    Maintain Control

    More tips on avoiding the LOC-I accident

    According to the FAA, the number one cause of fatal general aviation accidents is loss of control inflight. This one hour webinar will examine several recent inflight loss of control accidents, each representing a different scenario. Each accident will be analyzed to determine possible root causes which will reveal some effective mitigation strategies.

    Click here to view recording on YouTube.

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